Early in pregnancy and flying; reassurance and tips, please!

posted 9 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It’s perfectly safe to fly 🙂 

with my first I flew from London to Amsterdam, then to Frankfurt and then to Geneva and finally back to London at 7/8 weeks (done over a 2 week trip) with this pregnancy I flew to and from Rhodes (about 4 hrs) at 9 weeks.

The main issue I found was with my nausea. Take water with you and let the cabin crew know you’re expecting. I wore my ‘baby on board’ badge on all my flights and so the crew were really nice with sick bags and lots of water. 

Post # 3
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

It’s really not an issue at this stage in the pregnancy (other than comfort-wise, if you’re suffering from nausea as the PP said). I flew for my honeymoon at 10-11 weeks pregnant and didn’t give it a second thought. I’m not clear what you think the issue might be? x

Post # 4
699 posts
Busy bee

teacher-bee-in-the-sea :  I flew at about the same time and was also really nervous beforehand but I was totally fine. I recommend hydrating incredibly well (I drank lots of water and also coconut water) both before and during the flight, even tho it will mean you have to pee a lot. But getting up during the flight will also help you to stay comfortable. I was in a fruit phase at that time and remember needing the natural sugar, so pack some bananas or apples or fruit you like. Also as a precaution, I bought sea bands but ended up not needing to use them. Still, it gave me piece of mind that I was as prepared as possible.

Post # 5
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I flew to China today! 10.5 hour flight. I wore compression socks and drank water. I only had to pee twice by some miracle. I am 6 weeks 2 days and morning sickness hit me hard yesterday. 

I asked for tons of advice on flying (see my post on fB group) and it’s totally fine. I was also nervous. 

Post # 6
9174 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

no issue this early.  i’d only be concerned with it being flu season.  make sure you practice good hand washing and wipe down the seat tray.  but i do that anyway, even when not pregnant.


Post # 7
7816 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I flew to Israel when I was 13 weeks (a 12 hr flight) and other than the usual morning sickness I was dealing with, it was fine. My doctor said to drink lots of water, take frequent walks around the plane, and do foot exercises at my seat every 30 min or so to reduce the risk of a blood clot, so O tried to do that. 

Post # 8
2631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m flying in a couple weeks when I’ll be 28 weeks.  My doctor told me to wear compression socks, get up and walk a bit every hour or two, and to drink lots of water.

Post # 9
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I flew at various stages during my pregnancy without much issue. Get up and walk around (go to the bathroom) multiple times just to keep blood flowing. Keep hydrated. But honestly you really don’t have to modify anything being that early. 

Post # 10
2924 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I flew at about 12 weeks but it was only a 2 hour flight.  Same as the other Bees, I drank a lot of water and stood up a lot.  I let the flight crew know I was pregnant so they checked up on me more than usual.  I fortunately didn’t have a lot of morning sickness but I kept crackers in my bag and nibbled on them for most of the flight.  I’m a very nervous flyer so eating helped distract me a bit.

Congrats on your pregnancy!

Post # 11
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I flew at about 8 weeks for a client meeting and work conference- longest flight leg was about 3 hours. Had zero issues at all. My morning sickness has been pretty mild, but I was pretty nervous about potentially throwing up on the plane- I was completely prepared to announce to the entire plane that I was pregnant though if that happened, so they wouldn’t start thinking I had something contagious. 

You’ll be fine! Enjoy your trip!

Post # 12
6806 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Have you had any nausea? That’s the only thing I’d be worried about this early in your pregnancy, but I had horrible nausea in my first trimester! 

Otherwise, everything should really be fine. I flew at 6 months pregnant and THAT was another story. Swelling, getting up to pee every 5 minutes, being super uncomfortable and crammed into a small space…but before that it would’ve basically been the same as any other flight before pregnancy. 


Post # 13
2495 posts
Buzzing bee

My friend flew from US to Paris for a 10-day trip when she was like 5-6 weeks pregnant, and then US to Montenegro more recently at ~10-11 weeks pregnant. She’s fine!!

Post # 14
9210 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I took a couple cross-country flights with no layovers during my first trimester and they were totally fine. I was really worried about something going wrong my entire pregnancy but for some reason didn’t have any extra qualms about flying. 🤷‍♀️

We flew to Paris from California when I was ~20 weeks and from Italy back 4 weeks later and that was pretty uncomfortable, but still manageable.

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